Purple Spotted Gudgeon - Morgurnda adspersa
Species name: Morgurnda adspersa
Synonym: Eleotris adspersa; Mogurnda adspersa
Common Names: Purple spotted gudgeon
Family: Polycentridae (Leaffishes)
Order: Perciformes (perch-likes)
Class: Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes)
Max. size: 14.0 cm / 6 inches
Environment: Fresh and brackish waters
Origin: Eastern Australia
Company:Do not keep with fishes smaller then at least 7,5 cm / 3 inches
Water parameters: Temperature 24-26°C / 75-79°F; pH 6.0 - 7.0
Aquarium setup: Morgurnda adspersa(Purple spotted gudgeon) are best kept in a species tank with neutral to mildly alkeline water, the fish does not do well in soft acidic water. A tank of 36 inches is suitable for a small group provided sufficient hiding places made from up turned flower pots pieces of slate and roots are supplied.
Feeding: Live and frozen foods of all kinds, the fish is usually reluctant to take pellet and flake foods.
Breeding: Breeding is easy within a species tank. the male will court the female by circling her with his fins spread wide. The eggs are laid on a flat surface and are guarded by the male until they hatch, after hatching the brood care ends and the fry will need to be removed to a seperate tank. Fry are easy to raise on fresh hatched brine shrimp and small live foods but due to canabalism very few make it to adulthood.
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